PQP Information and Regulations

Our Principal’s Qualification Program (PQP) is a unique learning experience that helps you to develop the necessary knowledge and leadership skills to lead a school. This section provides you with an overview of important information and regulations that apply to our PQP program.

To access information about our PQP, use the following resources:

PQP Prerequisites

Prerequisites PQP Part I

In addition to Lakehead University’s general requirements, as stated in the Calendar, all prospective PQP Part I students must meet the following requirements:

  • A university degree recorded on your Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification
  • Qualifications in three (3) divisions, including the Intermediate Division, recorded on your Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification
  • Five (5) years of successful teaching experience, certified by a Supervisory Officer (Click here to download the Supervisory Officer Signature Form)
  • Two (2) specialist qualifications or a Master’s degree or one specialist qualification and completion of half of the requirements for a Master’s degree
Prerequisites for PQP Part II

In addition to Lakehead University’s general requirements, as stated in the Calendar, all prospective PQP Part II students must meet the following requirements:

  • Principal’s Qualification Program Part I listed on your Ontario College of Teachers Certificate of Qualification
  • Submission of an acceptable leadership practicum proposal

Course Delivery

Both PQP Part I and Part II are offered fully online.

The PQP comprises Part I, Part II and a Leadership Practicum. Part I and Part II of the program are each 125 hours in length, and the Leadership Practicum consists of a 60-hour leadership experience.

To complete our PQP, each student must plan and complete a mandatory Leadership Practicum.

 PQP Leadership Practicum

Leadership Practicum Proposal

Part I candidates are expected to arrive with an idea of a potential topic for the Leadership Practicum and a potential supervisor. Your instructor will make suggestions regarding various aspects of the practicum, including appropriateness of scope, the contribution to the school or board, the amount of detail required as well as how to present the product.

Leadership Practicum Experience 

The Leadership Practicum Experience is a minimum of 60 hours and consists of a practicum that is a minimum of 40 hours as well as 20 hours of job-shadowing/observing. You will also complete a practicum log that will include your activities, a reflective journal, and a summative report. You will complete your Leadership Practice once you complete both PQP Part I and II.

Textbooks and Materials

The same textbooks are used in both PQP I & II. PQP courses require the following textbooks:

PQP Part 1 & Part 2
  • Brown, Anthony F. 2016 (optional). Consolidated Ontario Statutes and Regulations. Toronto: Carswell Legal Publications. ISBN: 978-0-7798-6521-5
  • Katz, Steven. Intentional Interruption: Breaking down learning barriers to transform professional practice. 2013. Corwin Press. ISBN: 9781412998796
  • Preskill S., & Brookfield, S.D. (2009). Learning as a way of leading: Lessons from the struggle for social justice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: ISBN-10: 0787978078

You can order textbooks and materials directly from Lakehead University’s Alumni Bookstore.

Withdrawing from a PQP Course

To withdraw from a course, you must complete a Change in Registration form and then submit it to the Department of Professional Development in Education.

A $100.00 non-refundable fee will be applied to candidates who withdraw from the program prior to the third day of classes, after which no refund will be given.

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